Tip #678: Occam’s Razor at Home

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“Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Albert Einstein

I hate the Woody Allen quote: “Those who can’t do, teach,” because that is definitely a myth. Yet unfortunately, I occasionally find that I ignore the principles that I know and teach others to follow!

Take, for instance, Occam’s razor. It is commonly understood that this principle means that if there are two or more explanations for an occurrence, the simpler one is usually best.

This “law of briefness” is more directly translated from William of Ockham’s Latin to mean: “More things should not be used than are necessary.”

“Razor” is used as a metaphor, indicating that unnecessary things (like hair that is too long) should be shaved off.… Read the rest